Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This weekend we celebrate the ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. His civil rights efforts brought us a long way. However, the events of the past year remind us we still have a long way to go.
John Lewis, who marched with King Jr., died this past year, leaving a strong legacy for us to follow in his own right.
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.“
” Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” John Lewis in a tweet from 2018
“You are a light. You are a light. Never let anyone -any person or any force-dampen, dim or diminish your light.
“Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant.” John Lewis -From his 2017 memoir, ”Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America.”
In 2021, may God invite you to be a light, and not despair. An invitation in the spirit of the saints who have gone before us – such as John Lewis.
God also invites you to change your mind about something or someone. In Exodus 32, God was very angry about the people’s decision to worship a golden calf. God was ready to bring destruction upon the people when God, “ …the Lord changed God’s mind about the disaster that God had planned to bring upon the people. “ (Exodus 32:14)
If God can change God’s mind, what or who are you being called to change your mind about in 2021. Conviction has it’s place. But, only through the growth that comes from “changing our mind” toward greater levels of mercy and grace will we see the reconciliation that can heal the divide between us and another.
For further reflection see Exodus 32.
Prayers : For the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.
*We hope to see all of you at the “The Well ” Zoom gathering tonight. If you are not on the Zoom invitation list, let Vikki Luce firstname.lastname@example.org know*
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen